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    Noun+noun/gerund or +infinitive?

    Hello, everybody:
    I've been translating a text from Russian and
    encountered an issue with the form to be used in the following example:
    "the purpose of work is to optimize characteristics of...", or
    "the purpose of work is optimization/optimizing (of)characteristics of..."
    So, the question is what is best to chose in this situation: an infinitive or a noun/gerund?
    There are lots of such structures in the texts I translate and Russians prefer to use nouns in translations. I think it's wrong. So, what do you say?

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    Re: Noun+noun/gerund or +infinitive?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jack8rkin View Post
    Hello, everybody:
    I've been translating a text from Russian and
    encountered an issue with the form to be used in the following example:
    "the purpose of work is to optimize characteristics of...", or
    "the purpose of work is optimization/optimizing (of)characteristics of..."
    So, the question is what is best to chose in this situation: an infinitive or a noun/gerund?
    There are lots of such structures in the texts I translate and Russians prefer to use nouns in translations. I think it's wrong. So, what do you say?
    Welcome to the forums.
    If you are talking about a specific job of work, you need the definite article, "the purpose of the work is to optimize".

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    Re: Noun+noun/gerund or +infinitive?

    Thank you for the advice. I'll add the article.
    Why can't I use gerund here? Any scientific background for that? Or it's just uncommon?

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